Sir Mick Jagger campaigns to save cinema where Rolling Stones played

June 8th, 2009 - 4:59 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 8 (ANI): Sir Mick Jagger has backed a campaign to save a historic cinema where the Rolling Stones played in the 1960s.

In the early days of their career, the rockers were regular performers at the EMD, later known as the Granada, cinema in Walthamstow, north-east London.

However, the building has been threatened by demolition as the owners seek planning permission to redevelop the site.

And Jagger has joined a campaign save the cinema, which was frequented by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

“Cinemas and live venues like the Granada in Walthamstow where the Stones played in the early days, learning our craft on the way, are the lifeblood of our cultural history,” the Daily Star quoted Jagger as saying.

“They helped launched British popular music on to a world stage and should continue to function as places of entertainment and enjoyment.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear about such a beautiful, important historical building and centre of entertainment being lost to the local community.

“I fully support the campaign to keep it open and provide film, music and the arts for generations to come,” he added. (ANI)

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